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How to make Filipino Beef Empanada

Empanada is a savory turnover filled with meat that trace their origins to Galicia (Spain) and Portugal. Empanada is a Spanish word meaning meat pie.   Filipino Empanadas are either baked or fried like the Vigan Empanadas from the northern part of the Philippines.  Empanadas make great appetizers and finger foods for a meal on the go.

In this Filipino Beef Empanada we used lean ground beef, you can also use shredded beef but it takes longer to prepare or  substitute any filling you like.  Just like the famous Chicken Empanada, the Beef is cooked with vegetables like potatoes, bell pepper and green peas, with raisins.

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Filipino Beef Empanada Ingredients:

For Beef Empanada Filling:

  • 1 tbsp Canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 kilo Lean Ground beef, preferably 85% lean
  • 1/2 cup onion , diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 cups Potato, diced
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 Tbsp cane vinegar
  • 1 Chorizo Bilbao, diced (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 egg whites, beaten for sealing the empanadas
  • 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten for brushing

For Dough/Crust :

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup butter, chilled & cubes
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 6-7 tbsp. icy cold water

Beef Empanada Instructions:

To make the Empanada Filling:

  • In a large pan over medium heat, heat the oil.
  • Saute the onions and carrots until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high and cook the ground beef and chorizo bilbao until the meat has browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the Potatoes, soy sauce, white wine, vinegar, and raisins.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook until the potatoes have softened, about 30 minutes.
  • Add the green peas and heat just to cook through, about a few minutes.
  • Taste and add more salt to taste.

To make the Empanada Crust:

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together in a bowl. Add in chilled and cubes butter and lard or vegetable shortening. Using a fork or hand pinch together until it forms a crumb. Add ice cold water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix well. Knead the dough for 3 minutes and form a ball.
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes before using. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut dough into your desired size, using empanada cutter, or a cookie cutter or any available round cutter you have.
  • Place filling in the center and fold dough over to the opposite side. Crimp the dough with fork or with your fingers to seal the edges and repeat procedure until done. Place chicken empanada on a baking tray, prick each empanada with fork and brush with egg wash.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 375F, for about 30-40 minutes or until lightly brown.
  • Time varies depend on the size of your empanada.
  • Let them cool slightly before serving them warm.


beef empanada recipe

This Beef Empanada Recipe is a great appetizer and finger food for a meal on the go.

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49 Responses

  1. Rachel N

    January 21st, 2013 at 2:37 pm


    This looks so delicious! My hubby would love these.

  2. Kara Jeremias

    January 22nd, 2013 at 4:47 pm


    I looooooove empanadas, something about those little crispy meat filled pies. These look absolutely delicious, and Ill have to make these one time, maybe try and impress my inlaws.

  3. DAWN B

    January 25th, 2013 at 11:25 am


    I purchased empanada presses from Tupperware & haven’t figured out what to do with them. Thank you for the recipe! I have lots of ideas now!!

  4. ray

    January 28th, 2013 at 1:42 am


    This is a great recipe thanks so much

  5. Alison Wood

    January 31st, 2013 at 10:48 am


    This looks like a delicious, on the go kind of meal. Thanks for a great recipe!

  6. Sarah B

    February 13th, 2013 at 10:16 pm


    Sounds hearty and savory. The crust looks so flaky good!

  7. edilweweng

    May 27th, 2013 at 11:47 am


    I tried several of your recipes that are my favorite foods that you posted here, and all of them I tried were successful very delicious to the point na wala talaga akong masabi kundi MASARAP…TALAGA!!! all your recipes posted here comes out delicious after cooking…so I just wonder where you get the exact measurements of recipes. Do you have a major source where you get the exact measurements or some people contributes to this site and you pick the best taste before you post? Im just really really curios
    Cooking is my passion thing is I never got to use this half my life only now am 50 and also found this site 2 years ago and my interest sparked when I tried a couple of your recipe i got here and were successful now I really want to master my favorite dish and make it into perfection. So thank you very much guys who runs and own this website. You woke up the hidden chef in me becoz of you Im now considering to use and practice my talent.

    The next line up of foods here I want to make is Empanada and Siopao.. and i will see how it will be. But I trust this site hence binabalikbalikan ko. I already made a booklet out of my tried recipes I make it as a guide everytime I cook my choice food. Hope you will not get tired posting.

    I have a request though, I hope you can post TORTA recipe the torta that barrio folks serve as sweets during barrio fiestas. I really like to have a torta recipe. I think its a local muffin Filipinos grew up with but long time forgotten i want to revive it through this site. I want a special torta recipe if possible.

    Thank you very much.

  8. Rogslyn

    December 11th, 2013 at 1:06 am


    I tried this recipe today and I was delighted with the outcome. My husband is happy, this is his favorite empanadas. My cousin helped me and my dough press is awesome! Thank you for the recipe. More yummy pinoy recipe to come!

  9. Ed Joven

    December 12th, 2013 at 8:55 am


    Hi Rogslyn,

    Thank you for your feedback and for supporting our Filipino Food site… Keep on coming back!

    God Bless!

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